Neville Ray, T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer announced that 14 metro areas would be seeing improved coverage on T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+) network. T-Mobile was able to expand their network enough to cover an additional 100 million people. This final announcement finishes T-Mobile’s commitment in a $4 billion investment in infrastructure for 2012.
The cities included in today’s announcement are as follows:
- New York, including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
- Newark, N.J., including the surrounding cities of East Orange, Elizabeth, Jersey City, North Bergen, Paterson and Union City
- Boston and Cambridge, Mass., including the surrounding cities of Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Braintree, Brockton, Brookline, Burlington, Canton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chicopee, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Hadley, Holbrook, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lexington, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Metheun, Milton, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Reading, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Sommerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn
- Springfield, Mass.
- Providence, R.I., including the surrounding cities of Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket and Warren
- Detroit and Warren, Mich., including the surrounding cities of Dearborn, Romulus, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights and Troy
- Dallas, including the surrounding cities of Arlington, Carrolton, The Colony, Denton, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Irving, Lancaster, Lewisville, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett and Southlake
- Fort Worth, Texas, including the surrounding cities of Keller and Mansfield
- Austin, Texas including the surrounding city of Round Rock
- San Antonio
- Tampa, Fla., including the surrounding cities of Clearwater, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg and Vinoy Park
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
If you are living in one of the listed areas and have a 4G device, are you enjoying the expanded coverage? While this may be the last of what T-Mobile plans to do this year, the carrier has a big year ahead of them in 2013, as they plan on rolling out their LTE data network. T-Mobile earlier announced that they are investing in a little over $4 billion in their LTE network and then an addition $3 billion per year after the roll out of their LTE data network. In total, T-Mobile will be invest an estimated $11 billion in their network over the next few years. This is drastically higher than the average $2.7 billion investment per year.
T-Mobile is going to prove to be a hefty competitor with AT&T and Verizon as they start to roll out their LTE data network. Between unlimited data plans and unsubsidized smartphone pricing, AT&T and Verizon will undoubtedly be seeing some hefty competition. Granted, that is on the basis that T-Mobile can attract enough customers. Albeit due to how much cheaper their plans feel, I doubt the carrier even looks at that as an issue.